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Fundamentals of a Broken Toe

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

A broken toe, though seemingly minor, can disrupt daily routines and cause significant discomfort. Typically resulting from trauma or impact, a broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones fracture. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Diagnosis often involves a physical examination and X-rays to determine the severity of the fracture. Treatment varies depending on the extent of the injury but commonly involves rest, elevation, and pain management. In some cases, the toe may need to be immobilized with a splint or buddy taping to a neighboring toe for support. Healing time ranges from a few weeks to several months, depending upon individual healing capabilities and the severity of the fracture. Ignoring a broken toe or failing to seek proper treatment can lead to complications, such as deformity or chronic pain. If you suspect you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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